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ERIC Number: EJ1104099
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2006
Pages: 2
Abstractor: ERIC
ISSN: ISSN-1083-5415
Don Quixote and Fifth Graders
Glass, Janet L.
Learning Languages, v12 n1 p20-21 Fall 2006
This article describes how the author makes the story of "Don Quixote de la Mancha" come alive to fifth graders in her Spanish class. She rewrote several scenes from the novel into short plays that were appropriate to the students' interests and to their novice-high proficiency level. The author chose a combination of scenes that offer humor, action, flirting, swordplay, culture, and plenty of drama. The unit culminates with a visit from Don Quixote "himself", a.k.a. a Spanish teacher from the Upper School, educated in Spain, who arrives in costume and stays in character. A performance assessment is used in the class because the author has found that, although challenging, performance assessments promote better teaching and learning.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Grade 5; Intermediate Grades; Middle Schools; Elementary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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Authoring Institution: N/A
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